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Preaching to Multiethnic Congregation

Positive Marginality as a Homiletical Paradigm


Woosung Calvin Choi

The impact of globalization is widespread, affecting every sector of society, and the Church is not immune from such influence. Churches are awakening to diversifying pews and finding it difficult to insist on strict homogeneity. This shift in congregational composition has raised homiletical challenges for preachers who need to learn to effectively minister the Word in culturally diverse situations. This book offers multiethnic congregations a homiletical paradigm under the title «positive marginality». The paradigm includes the five principles of positive marginality: Embrace, Engage, Establish, Embody, and Exhibit. This paradigm is measured against seven preachers currently preaching in multiethnic churches in six different countries. These preachers offer valuable insights and suggest a positive correlation between the proposed paradigm and the homiletical practice of the preachers in multiethnic congregations. This book will serve well for pastors, preaching professors, seminary students, and seasoned preachers alike.
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Appendix: Examples of Positive Marginal People in the Old Testament




Examples of Positive Marginal People in the Old Testament

In chapter 5, Paul is portrayed as one of the positive marginal persons in the Bible. However, Paul is not alone who embodies the concept of positive marginality. There are other biblical characters who demonstrate the characteristics of positive marginality by living through and beyond their sociocultural reality. The following men and woman are considered positive marginal men and women because they demonstrate several characteristics of positive marginality. The list is not exclusive or comprehensive. Nevertheless, they represent the biblical foundation to the concept of positive marginality.


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